Posts Tagged ‘advertising’

ABC Will Create Original Series for Snapchat, Starting With a Bachelor-Themed Show

December 21, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Yet another big media company is teaming up with Snapchat in a bid to reach millennials. This time, it's Disney-ABC Television Group, which is partnering with Snap Inc. to produce original series for the platform. The first show out out of the gate is Watch Party: The Bachelor, which debuts Tuesday, Jan. 3, the morning after The Bachelor's 21st season premiere on ABC. Watch Party will feature a rotating group of celebs, comedians, Bachelor superfans and past Bachelor and Bachelorette personalities as they watch and joke about the most recent Bachelor episode. The weekly Snapchat series, which will debut every Tuesday morning, will consist of 10 original episodes and one Live Story. Several other shows based on DATG properties will roll out on Snapchat in the coming months

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The 4 Largest Holding Companies Are Now Involved in Federal ‘Bid Rigging’ Probe

December 19, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The federal government's investigation into allegations of antitrust practices at major ad agencies has expanded to include WPP, the world's largest holding company. WPP this morning released the following statement on its website: "WPP confirms that, similarly to Interpublic, Omnicom and Publicis, three of its subsidiaries have received subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division concerning the Division's ongoing investigation of video production and post-production practices in the advertising industry. WPP and its subsidiaries are fully cooperating with the enquiries." That means all four of the largest holding companies by revenue have been subpoenaed by the federal government as its investigation into reports of "bid rigging" continues. Omnicom and Publicis confirmed on Friday that they had received subpoenas from the DOJ and that they planned to cooperate with the investigation. Interpublic Group made a similar statement the previous week, just days after news of the probe broke in The Wall Street Journal. A WPP spokesperson has not yet responded to requests for additional information, and the timing of the various subpoena requests is not currently clear.

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Media Consumption in the Age of Fake News

Media Consumption in the Age of Fake News

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December 12, 2016  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Fake news has been in the real news a lot lately. It’s a multifaceted conversation with many sides to the argument. In a clickbait economy, how do we focus on honest reporting without censoring or suppressing voices? How are Google and Facebook’s crackdowns on fake news outlets going to affect digital advertisers? We rounded up the stories you need to read to be fully in the know as this conversation will ultimately shape the way digital media is created, distributed and marketed. What if fake news affects your business? Huffington Post has your reputational clean-up game plan here. Will fake news have

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2 Students Turned November Into Brandsgiving With These Incredible Mockups

November 23, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

How do you show brands you're grateful for them? If you're Cat DeLong and Micah Wilkes, creative directors for the Brigham Young University AdLab, a student-run, professionally-mentored ad agency, you spend November producing creative for 30 brands. Their project, Brandsgiving, is simple: Pick 30 brands you love, then each day randomly select one and spend an hour developing art and copy that conveys its message. Drawing inspiration from Communication Arts magazine and Brent Anderson, creative director of TBWA/Chiat Day Media Arts Lab, the pair wanted to create visual expressions for brands representing a variety of industries and styles. The project would improve their abilities to generate and produce work at a clip that's standard for a professional in the industry. As for how they split the work—DeLong is the copywriter of the duo while Wilkes, who has a passion for typography, design and illustration, does the design for each piece. The team is especially proud of the work it did for Jif and Delta (see below), as well as TruMoo. "We felt they were on brand, but coming at their brand from a totally different angle," they said. "It would have been really easy to create a whole campaign for them because they were strategically smart." They plan on submitting their favorites to Comm Arts and other brief shows, as well as using them in portfolios for competitions like One Show to vie for a coveted Pencil award. With graduation right around the corner, they've attended Advertising Week in New York and have a trip planned to Los Angeles in December to meet with various agencies. "I think we were especially fond of Wieden+Kennedy New York, Droga5 and McCann Erickson New York," DeLong said.

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Why Agencies Should Spend More Time and Effort Retaining Their Strategy People

October 19, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The ad industry is losing more talent than it's gaining, according to a LinkedIn study—"The Truth About Strategy Talent"—done in partnership with the 4A's. In 2015, the ad industry experienced a 25 percent net loss of global talent to competing industries, but one area where agencies need to focus a bit more time is the strategy department. According to LinkedIn's data, strategic planners are 30 percent less likely to be satisfied with their current positions. Of those polled for the study, 28 percent said they don't see themselves working in their current positions within the next year and 40 percent see themselves out in less than six months. Additionally, 92 percent said they would be interested in learning about a new job opportunity, while 43 percent are more likely to respond to messages from recruiters about new opportunities, compared to the average agency person. "I think first and foremost that because planners tend to be very curious individuals, the fact that they are so much more likely to respond to a recruiter is not surprising but interesting because I think because they are curious by nature they are more likely to be open to talking to anybody about anything," Nancy Hill, president of the 4A's, said. In comparison to agency talent, strategy people are more likely to look for new job opportunities when they are overlooked for a promotion or when they feel they aren't challenged enough at their current job. "We have to stop looking at strategy people like all they are there to do is inform the brief. They can have so much more of an impact on the clients' business," argued 4A's president Nancy Hill. Added Jann Schwarz, global director of agency and channel development, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions: "The research suggests that, in addition to salary, lack of challenging work and overlooked promotions are key blockers to retaining strategy professionals. Agencies must better align with the underlying factors that motivate employees to stay and make adjustments accordingly." Schwarz noted that these factors are easily addressable, agencies simply need to take the time to address them. The good news is that, according to the data, strategy people don't necessarily want to leave the industry altogether. Compared to other agency talent, strategy talent is 35 percent more likely to look for promotions within the current company. Rather than switching industries, strategy people tend to look at competitive agencies for promotions. LinkedIn collected data for the study through a number of global professional studies including its "Job Switchers" survey and "Talent Trends" survey, as well as LinkedIn data on member behavior as of February 2016. This particular survey marks the first time LinkedIn has done a deep dive into strategy professionals in the advertising industry, and compares those individuals against the rest of the ad business and other industries.

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Brands Are Throwing Out Gender Norms to Reflect a More Fluid World

October 17, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

James Charles may not seem like the typical ambassador of a beauty brand—and he's not. Meet CoverGirl's first CoverBoy. No doubt the half-century-old brand raised a few eyebrows last week when it introduced its latest model. But this was no mere stunt. Coty's CoverGirl says Charles will be an important part of growing the brand moving forward. At a time when gender identity and the turning on their head of gender roles are dominating the conversation, the move shouldn't seem so controversial. "We're more in the gender fluid space," explains Samantha Skey, president and chief revenue officer of SheKnows Media. As gender stereotypes lose favor culturally, marketers would be wise to promote that a "product is for a certain kind of hair or a certain kind of body type," says Skey, because "you can subscribe to that hair or that body type regardless of who you are." Demographic insights support that thinking

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USAA Consolidates With Publicis Less Than a Year After Racist Email Scandal at Former Agency

October 11, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

USAA, the largest provider of insurance and other financial products to U.S. military members, has consolidated its marketing business with a cluster of Publicis Groupe agencies after a formal review that lasted several months. Starting in the second quarter of 2017, all USAA work currently handled by other agencies will be transitioned to the Publicis umbrella group. The news comes less than a year after a scandal involving a racist email sent by an executive at USAA's former agency of record, Campbell Ewald, made international headlines and inspired a new round of conversations about diversity in the advertising industry. Earlier this year, Publicis Groupe announced it would transition to a more collaborative model, and several of its shops will work on the USAA business.

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Agency London in New York Literally Set Up a Work Space Inside the Metropolitan Opera House

September 23, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Many ad agency executives' jobs take them to unique locations. But very few have had the opportunity to work in an environment quite like this one. London in New York, a new shop founded by partners and co-creative directors Carolyn London and Michael Vadino, launched this month. And unlike every other agency in New York, its principals recently worked from inside the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. During the time London spent working alongside the Met's in-house marketing team, a rack of elaborate costumes sat down the hall from their work space and a morning trip to the basement cafeteria for a cup of coffee might have involved sharing a table with members of the Bolshoi ballet, costumed soldiers, child opera singers or the star of La Boheme. This relationship was a first for the 133-year-old Met, which recently launched a campaign to promote a new season that opens on Sept. 26.

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Can Michael J. Fox Help This New Insurance Company Thrive With a Focus on Optimism?

September 19, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Do you view insurance companies as soulless corporate monoliths powered by greed and shamefully disconnected from the customers they serve? Yeah, that's what a lot of us believe. And Sonnet, an online insurer launching today in Canada, aims to dispel such notions by flogging optimism in ads created by Johannes Leonardo. Speaking of launches, the spot below presents a mission control/blast-off scenario, with shots of earnest flight controllers and a rather unusual rocket rocket rising from the pad, punctuated by a Michael J. Fox voiceover that begins, "It took us to the stars. Overcame countless obstacles. It wasn't a single bright mind. Or money

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